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STARDUST Status Report

August 13, 1999

The Deep Space Network communication window on August 10 showed STARDUST to be operating and communicating normally. The Anomaly Investigation Team has found the apparent cause of the two recent safing events. An error from the Sun sensor caused the Payload and Attitude Control Interface (PACI) board to reset, as it should. Not all of the PACI interrupts were reset properly, however, due to a software problem. As a result the star camera was unable to communicate through the PACI board. This quite properly caused the spacecraft to place itself in a safe state, which did reset everything. The PACI sequence of events has been reproduced on the ground in the Spacecraft Test Laboratory. The anomaly team is developing responses to prevent recurrences of this situation.

The Cometary Interstellar Dust Analyzer (CIDA) team held their week-long annual meeting this week with attendance from Lockheed Martin Astronautics (LMA) and JPL. Major items of discussion included uplink and downlink protocols and data analysis and archiving.

Spacecraft cruise sequence eight (SC008) will begin on August 16.

The STARDUST Teachers Workshop is being held at JPL next week running from August 16-19.

For more information on the STARDUST mission - the first ever comet sample return mission - please visit the STARDUST home page:

Last Updated: November 26, 2003
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